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FL boy creates social media network for kids

  • 12-year-old says, 'It's created by kids for kids. [Its] characters will interact with you'
  • Site spawned after the boy was told he was not allowed to use Facebook

A Florida boy is gaining national attention for creating his own social media network designed for kids.

It all began when Zach Marks’ father Darren Marks found out last year that the 11-year-old was using Facebook inappropriately and took him off the site.

As a result, arguments ensued, so the tech-savvy boy eventually came up with his own site,, with the help of his other siblings. “Grom” is a slang term used by surfers that are exceptional on the waves.

GromSocial requires parental consent and has language filters blocking out content not suitable for children.

“What's different about the site is that there are characters,” the boy explained to HLN's Dr. Drew. “It's created by kids for kids. The characters will interact with you.”

He added, “Within two or three weeks, a parent gets a Grom report card, saying all their [kid's] stuff, their chat history, who they were chatting with, what they clicked on and what they viewed most.”

Watch the full segment in the video player above.

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